The Intercept and Documented get their hands on anti-Medicare-for-All lobbyist papers. So how do they plan to turn us against Medicare-for-All? With the same crap they've been flinging against the wall for years -- ZOMG BERNIE SANDERS SPENDZ TEH 32 TRILLYUNZ!!!! (which doesn't mention the $46 trillion we're already planning to spend over the next decade), ZOMG 156 MILLUYNZ PEEPULZ LOSEZ THEIR PRIVATE PLANZ!!!! (they really think we're all that emotionally-invested in our private health insurance?), ZOMG TEH GUBMINT RUNZ EVERYTHINGZ!!!!! (eh, that's our government, which can't possibly bollocks health care up worse than private health insurers have already done), and ZOMG ITZ TOO HARDZ POLITICALLYZ!!!! (well that's not the attitude that ended slavery!). I guess it's a good sign that we're past both the "first they ignore you" and "then they ridicule you" phases and we're now well into the "then they fight you" stage. The "then you win" stage follows that, as you know.
Seems it wasn't just big fossil fuel money that sank a bunch of climate- and renewable energy-related initiatives this past Election Day: it was also "liberal" media indifference or hostility that killed them. Except in Nevada, where a 50%-renewable standard for utility corporations passed with 60% of the vote, largely because said utility corporations didn't fight it. It is well past time for pro-renewable energy advocates to start fighting the crappy arguments deployed against us -- no, energy prices won't rise sky-high, or even appreciably, if we shifted to renewables, and even if they did, your descendants sure as hell won't be sitting around the campfire saying the planet is almost completely uninhabitable now, but at least our forebears didn't pay as much for electricity!
Lost in the onslaught of fecal matter unleashed by our President this week is his Administration issued new restrictions on journalists at White House press conferences, including a proscription on follow-up questions, except, of course, at the White House's discretion. So when our President or our Press Secretary says (hypothetically, I hope!) that Iranian nationals are trying to get into America illegally for the exclusive purpose of molesting American children, our media won't be able to follow up with "what's your evidence for that assertion?" You know what I think our media should do? Boycott Presidential press conferences.
And maybe more: when our President says the CIA didn't conclude that Mr. bin Salman had anything to do with Mr. Khasshogi's murder though of course they concluded that he did, I think maybe the press should simply stop talking to our President entirely, since he's just going to lie anyway. The lack of attention will infuriate him, of course, but that's just icing on the cake. People who lie to you all the time don't deserve any of your time. And pursuing this program just might lead to good old-fashioned journalism, which would concentrate on what leaders do instead of what they say they do.
Finally, speaking of the Khasshogi murder, dig the arguments our President makes in justifying staying with Saudi Arabia, arguments that not only insult our intelligence but our sentience. "The world is a dangerous place!" doesn't justify excusing any evil, nor does saying IRAN DOES TEH WORSEZ!!!!! And making a fanciful list of all the hundreds of millions of dollars big corporations would lose if we ended our alliance with Saudi Arabia is what, class? A rhetorical hostage situation, of course -- our President's saying don't make the Saudis do the right thing, or the money gets it! (And, really, we all know what he means by "the money" -- he means his money. He's apparently forgotten having said how much he likes the Saudis because they buy things from him -- or, more precisely, he hopes you've forgotten it.)